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30 Comedies Every Woman Needs To See Before Turning 30

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    First of all, if you’re here to find a list of movies like Airplane, This Is Spinal Tap, Caddyshack, Office Space, or Ghostbusters, you’ve come to the wrong place. This ain’t that list. If you’re looking for a generic roundup of the generally agreed-upon films you should have in your comedy canon, might we direct you to this one from The Guardian, or this one from Time Out.

    What you’re about to read is a carefully curated list of films that celebrate the more humorous parts of the female experience — for smart women who appreciate watching it in said way. If your favorite part of perusing Seventeen was always reading the Traumaraumas out loud with your friends, we feel you. This list is 100% your jam. Also, who among us hasn't flown too close to the sun by testing the absorbency limits of a tampon? It's all part of the learning curve, friends.

    These movies celebrate all the joy, pain, and douleur exquise of the female experience in a way that’ll make you laugh, cry, and craugh (a new world we’re coining for laughing while crying). Because that’s what’s involved in being a woman sometimes: finding humor in even the most difficult of situations.

    Some of the films are pure silliness. Others are extremely dark and subversive. This is the essential comedy canon, though, to make you silently sing, “I Enjoy Being a Girl” — and know that you're never alone on this, your female mortal coil.

    P.S. In some cases, we’ve suggested an additional film with which to pair a given movie. Because, much like pretzels and frosting, some things just go better together, you know?

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    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

    A delightful screwball comedy about a tame leopard named Baby who’s mistaken for a dangerous circus leopard; a paleontologist (Grant) who’s mistaken for a zoologist and therefore asked for help bringing up Baby; and a woman named Susan (Hepburn) who’s at the center of all the cases of mistaken identity.

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    The Women (1939)
    Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell

    You won’t see a single male in this film following the interconnected lives of various Manhattan women. Not a one!

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    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

    A divorced socialite (Hepburn) is set to remarry, but her ex-husband (Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Stewart) show up to throw a wrench in her plans.

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    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

    A sheltered European princess (Hepburn) wanders off in Rome and is discovered by an American reporter (Peck). She decides it’s time to live a little fun. He decides it’s time to make some money. Falling in love ensues, obviously.

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    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

    Two jazz musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) on the run from the mob in Chicago disguise themselves as women and join an all-female band en route to Miami. They both fall for the band’s singer/ukulele player (Monroe), but their entanglement with the Mafia isn’t over yet.

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